John Wimber (born February 25, 1934 in Kirksville, Missouri, died November 17, 1997) was the founder of the Vineyard Movement.
He was raised in a non-religious family and became a Christian in May 1963 after some years as keyboard player in the band The Righteous Brothers. In the following years he attended the Yorba Linda Friends Church (Quaker) and led hundreds of people to Christ through personal evangelism.
In 1974 he became the Founding Director of the Department of Church Growth at the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth, which was founded by the Fuller Theological Seminary and the Fuller Evangelistic Association. He directed the department until 1978. In this time his Bible Study Group grew to a House Church. When this group developed into a Charismatic group, this resulted in a split with the Quaker church that this group belonged to.
Wimber pastored this new church, which would later become known as the Anaheim Vineyard Christian Fellowship, from 1977 to 1994. After initially joining Calvary Chapel, the church had some differences with the Calvary Chapel leadership, relating mainly to the practice of spiritual gifts. As a result, they left Calvary Chapel to join a small group of churches started by Kenn Gullikson, known as Vineyard Christian Fellowships. Gullikson later handed leadership of this group over to Wimber.
John Wimber became a leader in the Charismatic Movement and was a well-known speaker at international charismatic conferences with a focus on Power Evangelism and healing through the power of the Holy Spirit.
John Wimber has written several books that became influential in the Charismatic Movement, among them are Power Evangelism and Power Healing.